Stephen Poirier started violin lessons at age 4 as a student of the Suzuki Method. He has been playing continuously for 32 years as both teacher and performer and still adheres to the advice given by Schinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Method, “You don’t have to practice every day, just on the days you eat!” In 2003, he was accepted into the Hartt School of Music where he studied under Anthea Kreston. After completing his studies at Hartt, he began teaching as an orchestra director in the Manchester School District in New Hampshire. During this time he was also the assistant Director of the New Hampshire Youth Ensemble and was directing the string ensemble at Pinkerton Academy. Stephen has formerly played with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra while teaching at the Seacoast Academy of Music, and the Concert for Hope Orchestra. He is currently a music teacher in the Salem School District, NH.